Head of controversial state reform school district announces resignation effective immediately

Education Achievement Authority of Michigan Chancellor John Covington resigned from the controversial state reform school district today, according to an EAA press release. 

"It has been a tremendous honor and a most humbling experience to serve as the Chancellor of the EAA and be part of this tremendous work," said Covington in the press release.

The EAA was created to turn around the worst-performing schools in the state, starting with 15 Detroit  schools.

Covington's resignation comes not long after lawmakers failed to pass a proposed bill to expand the EAA. The reform district also has faced strong criticism about disciplinary issues, student  performance and credit card and other spending.

Covington has been Chancellor of the EAA since 2011. Before coming to Michigan Covington was the Kansas Missouri School District superintendent, where he was appointed in 2009. But two years later, Covington abruptly announced his resignation from that district to take the EAA position in Michigan.

The EAA board will formally accept Covington's resignation at tomorrow's board meeting, and may appoint an interim chancellor, according to the EAA press release.


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